Faculty in Performing Arts; Associate Dean of Studies
BA, Bennington College; MFA, University of Oregon.
Liana Conyers is an artist and educator in the mid-Atlantic region. Most notably, she received the Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching during the 2020-2021 academic year and conducted research in Singapore. Before joining Bard DC, Liana served as a faculty member at BHSEC Newark for five years, where she was awarded a Bard Early College Faculty Fellowship. In the Bard Network, Liana teaches performance studies and is an Engaged Liberal Arts and Sciences grant recipient. Conyers has received several residencies for her creative work at New York Live Arts, The Chocolate Factory Theater, and The Kitchen. With over 15 years of teaching and performing experience, her work has been presented at Emory University, Spelman College, U of O, the ACDF NW Conference, Big Range Festival, Philadiction Movement, and Movement Research at the Judson Church. Liana is a 2023-2024 co-presenting artist with Dance Place in NE, DC, and will conduct a digital residency with The Nicholson Project in SE, DC.
Faculty in Music and Performing Arts
BME, Alabama State University; MM, University of Tennessee; PhD, University of Florida.
A native of Cataula, Georgia, Dr. Peasant recently completed doctoral studies in music education at the University of Florida. His research areas involve the use of digital games in the music classroom and social justice with music education pedagogy. As an educator, Dr. Peasant has experience teaching music in grade levels from Kindergarten to college for over a decade. As a saxophonist, he predominantly performed throughout the First Coast of Florida within classical and commercial settings. He has played under the baton of Frank Ticheli, Jack Stamp, Richard Saucedo, and other composers. Dr. Peasant has also shared the stage with artists such as Frankie Beverly and Maze, Kem, the Whispers, and many other R&B artists.
Faculty in Yoga Therapy
M.S. in Yoga Therapy, Maryland University of Integrative Health; M.A. Anthropology, New School for Social Research
She is a practicing Yoga Therapist, certified by the International Association of Yoga Therapists, and an E-RYT 500 yoga teacher/trainer certified by Yoga Alliance. Her passion is bringing the physical and mental health benefits of the Indian yoga traditions to populations and settings that have not historically had access to this wisdom. Through her work with the BHSEC students, she hopes to offer tools for stress management, physical, mental and emotional health that will last them a lifetime.
Faculty in Visual Arts